Death's Excellent Vacation

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Includes an original Sookie Stackhouse story

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Overview

Includes an original Sookie Stackhouse story

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK!
 
TALES OF PARANORMAL R & R BY
JEFF ABBOTT • L. A. BANKS • JEANIENE FROST
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN • CHRIS GRABENSTEIN • CHARLAINE HARRIS
TONI L. P. KELNER • KATIE MacALISTER • A. LEE MARTINEZ
SHARAN NEWMAN • LILITH SAINTCROW • SARAH SMITH
DANIEL STASHOWER
 
Because everyone—and everything—needs a break from the routine, Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner offer postcards from the edge of the paranormal world…
 
It really can be an endless summer—if you’re immortal. Though a vampire would be ill-advised to take a cruise to Bermuda, the possibilities for getting away from it all—and maybe snacking on some unsuspecting tourist—are many…
 
With thirteen tales—including a weekend getaway in Mississippi for Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire friend Pam—Harris and Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations frightening, funny, and touching…for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque.
 

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Editorial Reviews

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In past years, Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner presided over Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns; now they are back with another arresting anthology of equally eerie tales. This new collection features a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story, but lots of other late vacation goodies, including fiction by Jeaniene Frost, Katie MacAlister, I.A. Banks, Jeff Abbott, and Lilith Saintcrow. (Hand-selling tip: Harris' Sookie Stackhouse keeps winning fans, thanks partly to HBO's popular True Blood.)
Publishers Weekly
Harris and Kelner's third short-story anthology sends paranormals on vacation. Some of the 13 journeys are romps: Harris dispatches Sookie Stackhouse on a weekend getaway with an errand to a strip club that involves more than Sookie bargained for, in "Two Blondes." Katie MacAlister gives Guardian Aisling Grey's demon servant a trip to remember in "The Perils of Effrijim." And A. Lee Martinez's "The Innsmouth Nook" B&B caters to an unusual crowd, to say the least. Other tales are chilling: Jeff Abbott's tabloid journalist pursues the "Safe and Sound" return of a missing tourist; Christopher Golden observes the a hotel's "Thin Walls" for connections between a mourning man and a succubus; and Chris Grabenstein's "The Demon in the Dunes" stresses the perils of smoking. Sarah Smith, Daniel Stashower, L.A. Banks, Lilith Saintcrow, and Sharan Newman also contribute quality work, and readers will find this collection a great sampler for discovering authors they'll want to follow.
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
This thirteen-story anthology presents supernatural tales with the unifying theme of vacation. Vampires, shape shifters, demons, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures make appearances in tropical and more domestic locales. Of particular interest are two entries that feature popular series fiction characters in new stories. "Two Blondes" by Charlaine Harris is a Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampires Mysteries story, the basis for the popular True Blood television series. "One for the Money" by Jeaniene Frost features characters from the Night Huntress series, showcasing events occurring between the fourth and fifth books in the series. "Safe and Sound" by Jeff Abbott is a memorable story about a college student missing in an island paradise who may not want to be found. "Thin Walls" by Christopher Golden is a chilling picture of an insatiable succubus stalking a young widower. The theme of paranormal beings on holiday results in an interesting collection that is a quick read. The stories are uneven in quality, with some being quite predictable while a handful (noted above) excel. A few stories are sexually explicit, thus this collection is recommended for adults and more mature young adult readers. This anthology is recommended for public library collections, particularly those with a number of fans of supernaturally themed short stories. There is also significant interest in this book online among fans of the two fiction series that are featured in new stories here. Rabid True Blood and Night Huntress fans will likely drive circulation of this new title. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425256985
  • Publisher: Ace Trade
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 431,757
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling paranormal fantasy series featuring Sookie Stackhouse (the basis for the HBO series True Blood®), the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring lightning-struck corpse locator Harper Connelly, and other acclaimed novels.
 
Toni L. P. Kelner is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the Laura Fleming mystery series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated for the Anthony and Macavity awards.

Biography

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris grew up in a family of avid readers (her father was a teacher; her mother a librarian). She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English and Communication Arts. Although she penned poetry and plays in school, her first serious foray into fiction was with two standalone novels, Sweet and Deadly and A Secret Rage, published (effortlessly!) in the early 1980s.

After her early success, Harris released the first installment in a series of lighthearted mysteries starring spunky, small-town Georgia librarian, true crime enthusiast, and amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden. When Aurora debuted in Real Murders (1990), Publishers Weekly welcomed "a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." The book went on to receive an Agatha Award nomination.

Anxious for another challenge, Harris began a second series in 1996. Darker and edgier than the Teagarden novels, these mysteries featured taciturn, 30-something housecleaner Lily Bard, a woman with a complicated past who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, to find peace and solitude. The first novel, Shakespeare's Landlord, was well-received. BookList raved: "Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story." [Much to the disappointment of her fans, Harris concluded the Lilly Bard sequence in 2001 with Shakespeare's Counselor.]

Although Harris achieved moderate success with these two series (which she laughingly describes as "cozies with teeth"), she would hit the jackpot in 2001 with Dead Until Dark, a sly, spoofy paranormal mystery starring a telepathic Louisiana cocktail waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill. The novel, a delightful hybrid of mystery, science fiction, and romance, was an instant hit with critics. ("Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake," raved the dark fantasy magazine Cemetery Dance.) Readers, too, adored the Southern Vampire Series and have rewarded the author with bestseller after bestseller. (In 2008, the Sookie saga came to HBO in a top-rated television adaptation, True Blood, starring Anna Paquin.)

With 2006's Grave Sight, Harris added yet another fascinating character to her stable -- a young woman named Harper Connelly whose youthful encounter with a lightning bolt has left her with the ability to find corpses and determine how they died. In addition to juggling characters and plots for her popular series, Harris has also contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies of paranormal fantasy fiction.

Good To Know

In our interview, Harris confesses:

"I'm really a boring person. My family (my husband and three children) is the most important thing in my life. I go to bed early, I get up early. I love to go to the movies with my husband. My favorite things about finally making some money as a writer are (a) I can buy as many books as I want, and (b) I can hire a maid. The first job I had was working in an offset darkroom at a very small newspaper. I stood on a concrete floor all day and made minimum wage -- which then was $1.60 an hour. I hated it, and I learned a lot, though not necessarily about working in a darkroom. So being a writer is much better."

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    1. Hometown:
      Southern Arkansas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tunica, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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  • Posted June 27, 2010

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    This is a fun thirteen short story fantasy collection

    This is a fun thirteen fantasy collection in which the paranormal go on vacations and have holidays that make the Griswold family and Monsieur Hulot seem tame. "Two Blondes" (by Charlaine Harris) Pam and Sookie go to a not so gentleman's club in Mississippi for the weekend. Jim the demon (see Aisling Gray) heads to Paris for a good time but runs into "The Perils of Effrijim" by Katie MacAlister. The eight immortals get together as "The Boys Go Fishing" by Sarah Smith, but conclude drinking tea is easier. In "One for the Money" by Jeaniene Frost, hitmen Cat and Bones find their vacation interrupted protecting an heiress when the former's mom arrives. You can't go home if you want time out as affirmed by Toni L.P. Kelner in "Pirate Dave's Haunted Amusement Park", "The Demon in the Dunes" by Chris Grabenstein and "Home From America" by Sharan Newman. Readers will enjoy the amusing vacations of the supernatural as whether it is Bermuda (Lilith Saintcrow's "The Heart Is Always Right") or Port Arthur ("Seeing is Believing" by L.A. Banks), fans will want to accompany the paranormal when they go on Death's Excellent Vacation tours.

    Harriet Klausner

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    Very Disappointing! Only 2 Stories Worth Reading!

    Very Disappointing! Only 2 Stories Worth Reading!

    Death's Excellent Vacation was a major let down. It has 13 short stories in it, but only 2 of the stories where worth reading. I recommend just going into the bookstore and reading the stories you want instead of purchasing this title.

    I am a fan of Jeanniene Frost; with her "Night Huntress Series" and Katie MacAlister; with her "Aisling Grey, Guardian Series". The two stories I enjoyed the most and recommend reading are the Bones & Cat short story "One for the Money" & Katie MacAlister "The Perils of Effrijim". It would be better if thesis author's put their short stories out on there on instead of in this 13 story book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    Very Disappointing...I should have known

    Ok I read the reviews before I started this book so I knew that some didnt like it. I am a big Jeaniene Frost and Charlaine Harris fan so I figured I couldnt go wrong. Well it did, in fact if I could get my money back I would have. The ONLY good one in this book was the Cat and Bones story the rest were all very boring. There was a story on fish people I also found humorous but nothing to write home about. My recommendation on this is to walk into the bookstore read the Jeaniene Frost story then go about you business and save yourself the money and time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    I will NOT pay $18.99 for an eBook - especially when many review

    I will NOT pay $18.99 for an eBook - especially when many reviewers liked only of a couple of the stories. I would like to know whether the authors get paid generously or whether the greedy publishers keep most of the profits.
    a senior citizen

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    Wow

    I would never pay this much for a book that I could get for half that price. Expecialy for a paper back that sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2010

    Not great

    I have to say that if it wasn't for the Jeaniene Frost story this book would have been a total complete let down. Most of the stories I just skimmed through, some I read a few pages and just gave up and moved on to the next story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Check this out!

    I bought this book for the short stories by Charlaine Harris and Jeaniene Frost, read those really fast and were really good! The other short stories made me want to check out some of the other authors books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Good read

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Only 2 stories really stuck out for me

    I'm a huge fan of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books. This book of collections wasn't my favorite, as I had a hard time finishing many of the stories, but it did introduce me to a fantastic series by Jeanniene Frost (Night Huntress Series).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Love any thing that has these authors in it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Not the best

    Was ok but not great

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